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Interfaith Harmony Day

“United for a Culture of Peace” was the theme for the UN celebration in the General Assembly Hall on February 14. Interspersed with musical performances, the three-hour ceremony included speeches on the peaceful settlement of disputes, followed by a “symphony” of peace prayers invoked by representatives of 11 of the world’s major religions. It ended with a moving world peace flag ceremony (pictures) for which everyone in the audience had been given a paper copy of the flag of a nation; when that country’s flag was presented on the stage, we stood and waved our paper flag, with all crying, “May Peace be in (Country) – May Peace Prevail On Earth!”